Google Play Music All Access, the Mountain View company’s answer to the likes of Spotify and Pandora, has just gone live in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. The service, which launched in the US in May, is also available in Australia and New Zealand.
Sign up for the music streaming service before September 15 and you can save yourself a bit of cash – for UK-based users it costs £7.99 a month (£9.99 after September 15) while for those in other European countries the fee is €7.99/€9.99. You can also dip your toe in with a free 30-day trial.
‘Digital entertainment destination’
Google Play Music’s Paul Joyce said the European launch meant Google Play had moved “one step closer to your ultimate digital entertainment destination, where you can find, enjoy and share your favourite apps, games, books, movies, magazines, TV shows and music on your Android phone or tablet.”
Deals sealed with the likes of Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment means All Access subscribers can listen to any of millions of songs stored on Google servers as well as any tracks (up to 20,000) uploaded by a user to the Google Music locker.
Like similar services, All Access recommends new music based on listening habits and offers a radio station feature that streams music similar to a particular artist or track. Users can stream content to their mobile device or listen to tracks offline when an Internet connection is unavailable.
The European launch of its music streaming service keeps Google a couple of steps ahead of major rival Apple, whose own similar offering – iTunes Radio – is set for a US-only launch in a couple of months time.
For an in-depth look at All Access, check out DT’s review of it here.